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Barney's Cottage

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972392)

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    • “Great position”
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    • “Booked from New Zealand and found easily enough when we got to Ambleside. The cottage has everything we could have wished for including position in town (easy to wander around), proximity to pubs for drinks and food, and general facilities inside. There were 4 of us (adults) and we found no problems with living here. We covered large areas of the Lake District by car and it was nice to get back to the cottage each evening as it is warm and cosy and comfortable. We basically used Tesco's for our meals when we didn't eat out - their meals are very good and convenient. Barney's Cottage is excellent - our only hassle was the washing machine - like so many in the UK it is complicated to use - we never really got the hang of it and the handbook didn't really help - we've recommended that a short written two or three step instruction be written for us ignorant people. Otherwise the place is a joy to reside in and owners should be very pleased with their presentation”

    Grant N, Havelock North, New Zealand, October 2016

    • “Fantastic cosy little cottage in a wonderful location”
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    • “Barneys cottage is a real gem. Beautifully renovated with everything you need for a relaxing stay. The location is great. There is a bit of road noise in the lounge area from the main road through ambleside (but not noticeable in the bedrooms) but this is a very minor point - the trade off is that you're right in the heart of lovely ambleside with it's pubs, restaurants and great walking literally on your doorstep... and there's even a parking space. We enjoyed our stay stay so much we're going back next year!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Birmingham, October 2012

    • “Gorgeous cottage with in fantastic location”
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    • “My husband and I and our three young sons had a lovely break at Barneys cottage. The accommodation is beautifully furnished and equipped with everything you could possibly need. It's central location in gorgeous ambleside was also a bonus. I really can't recommend it enough we had a fantastic holiday and look forward to returning.”

    Hanson Family, Flintshire, June 2012

    • “Perfect location”
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    • “pleasure to stay here. wanted for nothing. location excellent. full sky package a real bonus. spacious all round. would recommend highly.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Sheffield, May 2012

    • “Great facilities and a great location”
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    • “Ideal spot for a family of 4 (if adults) or 5 if a mix of adults and younger children. Sky TV was excellent (with full package) and the log-burner was superb. Lovery first floor bathroom and double bedroom and the loft bedroom was spacious and comfortable. Only draw back was the kitchen table occupied a lot of the kitchen and lounge space - but not a major problem. All in all, a great place to stay, with good parking facilities!”

    The Nicholson's, East Riding Of Yorkshire, January 2014

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    • “Cottage was very comfortable and perfectly located. The sky TV was a real treat and very useful on our wet week in the lake district. We absolutely loved the cottage and would love to return, especially around Christmas time. Instructions on how to use the log burning stove would have been helpful as when we were cold and damp we did light it on one occasion but were a little unsure what we were doing with the vents. We loved this cottage. It was spot on for the Julian family Paul, Lin, Charlie, Oliver and our dog Ralph!”

    Mrs Julian, Stockton On Tees, August 2018

    • “The location was perfect and the cottage was wonderful. There were so many lovely little touches like walk suggestions and spare reading glasses. I had cause to speak to the owner who was friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this property and am very likely to book it again.”

    Miss Todd, Reading, June 2018

    • “What can you say about the lake district Beautiful anytime of year and as we are here on holiday from australia we where very happy to get back there I have spent many happy holidays there from being a small child and will continue to visit when back in the uk. As for the accomodation it was perfect for us and wont hesitate to recommend it to freinds, we realy enjoyed our time and a big thankyou to the owners of barneys cottage Nick Holt Wellard Western australia”

    Mr Holt, Blackburn, April 2018

    • “Although it was great to be so central in Ambleside and the property lovely, it is not ideally suited if you have dogs, the only way outside is through the front door and the passageway by the cottage is not enclosed you certainly could not sit out there with dogs. It also has underfloor heating which we certainly could not feel downstairs you cannot regulate this and there are instructions about appliances dotted around , having spent numerous self catering holdays we would recommend these were all in one book. If you are a family with no dogs it could be ideal as the bedrooms are lovely and lots of games for wet days and an ideal position in lovely Ambleside”

    Mrs Farrell, Teignmouth, September 2017

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The Property

Barney's Cottage is located in the heart of the village of Ambleside and sleeps five people, the cosy wood burning stove in the lounge makes this cottage a real home from home, ideal for a family get away at any time of year, whether its for a short break or a full week. Pets are also welcome in Barney's Cottage. Barney’s Cottage is ideally located in the traditional lakeland village of Ambleside, set at the bottom of Kirkstone Pass and within a 2 minute level walk of the wide variety of shops, restaurants and tea rooms which Ambleside has to offer. The shores of Windermere at Waterhead are within walking distance where you can board a launch for a lake tour taking you to Bowness or Lakeside which has an aquarium and traditional steam railway. The picturesque village of Grasmere is a 10 minute drive or you may prefer to enjoy a leisurely walk along the old “coffin route” to Grasmere whilst taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding scenery, fells Rydal Water and Grasmere. The cottage has been lovingly restored to an exacting standard catering perfectly for your every need. From the outside a traditional and characterful end terrace cottage, inside a contemporary style three storey cottage with every modern amenity, including under floor heating, full sky package and wi-fi. Barney’s Cottage is located next to Kirkstone Cottage in a row of similar style properties, overlooking the famous Little House on the Bridge once used as a private residence, but now open to the public to enjoy. Located 100 yards from a traditional Cumbrian pub, serving real ales and home cooked meals, the renowned Apple Pie Eating House is also close by their bath buns are delicious. The Cottage has a wood burning stove ideal for relaxing in front of on cold Cumbrian nights after a long day walking the fells and exploring the local villages. For those warmer days and evenings there is a small patio with seating where you can relax with a glass of wine. Barneys Cottage is heated by under floor heating and is immaculately presented with great attention to detail ,laid over three floors and comprises. Open plan living room with wood burning stove, LCD TV, DVD player and full sky package, a wide selection of books, DVD’s and games are also available. Dining shaker style kitchen equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave and washer/dryer.

First floor: Luxuriously appointed fully tiled bathroom with double walk in shower, bath, hand basin and WC.
Double bedroom with king size bed and window seat overlooking the river where you can relax and watch the world go by.
Single bedroom overlooking the bridge house.

Second floor: Twin bedroom ideal for children with LCD TV and computer.

All, electric and bed linen included.
Towels are provided.
Private parking for 1 car.
Small gravelled patio area with picnic table (please note this is not enclosed and the property next door has access through this garden).
Sorry no cot or high chair provided, however you are welcome to bring your own.


Over three floors, the property has three bedrooms; On first floor there is a King size double with window seat and single room. On the second floor there is a twin room ideal for children. Luxurious bathroom with double walk in shower, bath, hand basin and W.C. L shaped Open plan living room with Shaker style kitchen, Dining area with fitted seating and chairs, Sitting Room with wood burning stove and comfortable seating.


  • Underfloor heating, wood burning stove. Shaker style kitchen with electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave and washer/dryer
  • LCD TV, DVD player, Full Sky package, wide selection of books, DVD's and Games, Wifi. Power and bed linen included in rent. Towels are provided
  • Logs not supplied
  •   Private parking for one car. Graveled seating area with picnic table
  • Two well behaved dogs accepted. Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub, five minutes walk
  • Lake 1.5 miles. 

Regional Information

AMBLESIDE Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 miles. Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas